Res­i­dents hon­ored with hor­ti­cul­tural awards

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIFTY PLUS -

The Penn­syl­va­nia Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety (PHS) rec­og­nized White Horse Vil­lage res­i­dents with two awards.

The Har­vesters Gar­den, a com­mu­nity gar­den run by res­i­dents of White Horse Vil­lage, was awarded the Blue Rib­bon Gar­den­ing and Green­ing Con­test in the cat­e­gory of Com­bi­na­tion Gar­den, Com­mu­nity.

En­tries were sub­mit­ted from 300 gar­dens in Penn­syl­va­nia, Delaware and Mary­land this sum­mer.

The com­bi­na­tion gar­den is any size gar­den with both flow­ers and vegetables where both have sig­nif­i­cant im­pact for mo­ti­vat­ing peo­ple to im­prove the qual­ity of life and cre­ate a sense of com­mu­nity through hor­ti­cul­ture.

Dr. Robert Poole, a res­i­dent of White Horse Vil­lage and mas­ter gar­dener in the Har­vesters Gar­den, ac­cepted this pres­ti­gious award at an awards reception. His daugh­ter, West Ch­ester res­i­dent Cindy Poole, co­or­di­nated the ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­mis­sion for the win­ning gar­den.

The win­ning Har­vesters Gar­den is 120 square feet with 72 wood framed plots sur­rounded by an eight foot high deer fence.

The mem­bers of the Har­vesters are di­vided into planters and grow­ers, cut­ters and pick­ers, flower ar­rangers and sell­ers.

The White Horse Chefs also par­tic­i­pate by grow­ing fresh herbs and ad­di­tional pro­duce to use in the kitchens.

Since its in­cep­tion in 1992, this gar­den has truly be­come a win-win-win ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Har­vester mem­bers ex­pe­ri­ence hor­ti­cul­tural ful­fill­ment, the res­i­dents liv­ing in the re­tire­ment com­mu­nity en­joy the pro­duce and flow­ers and are able to pur­chase low-priced White Horse Vil­lage res­i­dents John and Sandy Young re­ceived the Award of Merit from PHS. fresh vegetables in the sum­mer months.

The money raised is used for qual­ity of life evening mu­si­cal and cul­tural pro­grams or cam­pus im­prove­ment. Over $55,000 has been con­trib­uted in 25 years.

PHS also hon­ored White Horse Vil­lage res­i­dents John and Sandy Young with the Award of Merit, awarded to in­di­vid­u­als for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to hor­ti­cul­ture of hor­ti­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Philadel­phia Flower Show, PHS pro­grams and PHS vol­un­teers.

White Horse Vil­lage Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity is lo­cated in Edgmont Town­ship. Visit www.white­hor­se­vil­lage.org — Sub­mit­ted to the Daily Lo­cal News

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

West Ch­ester res­i­dent Cindy Poole with her father Dr. Robert Poole, re­cip­i­ent of the Blue Rib­bon Award for the White Horse Vil­lage Har­vesters Gar­den. Back row: WHV Vice Pres­i­dent of Mar­ket­ing Dot­tie Mal­lon with PHS Pres­i­dent Matt Rader.

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